GENEVA – The start of the high school boys soccer season in Illinois also marks the onset of big-money transfers between the high-profile professional soccer clubs in Europe.
Geneva has its own version of a high-profile transfer in French foreign exchange student Igor Honore.
Honore brings size and speed to an already fast Vikings’ front line that had little trouble with visiting Kaneland in a 4-0 victory Monday night.
It’s been an interesting couple of months for Honore, who scored twice in Geneva’s easy win to make it three scores in three varsity contests.
Honore came to Geneva (4-4) a month ago and has been getting acclimated to American culture and language ever since.
“It is a dream to be here and be in the United States – it’s a great country and I’m excited to be here,” Honore said. “I wanted to have a great experience and to adapt to a new culture and to make friends around the world and improve my English. It’s been great on varsity, I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Honore supports the Vikings’ already deep front line, giving Geneva coach Ryan Estabrook a dangerous weapon that has been busy since he made his varsity debut against Glenbard South last week.
“Igor missed the first week and a half of tryouts because he wasn’t even in the country yet, so then we had to go through all of the paperwork,” Estabrook said. “After his first two JV games where I think he had five goals in two games, we said this is a kid we need to bring up to varsity. We had to wait for the IHSA to approve all of that and since he’s been here, he’s scored three goals in three games.”
Estabrook hopes Honore will continue to be a spark for the Vikings, who got back to .500 mark the win. Geneva was coming off a tough loss to rival Batavia in which it surrendered a goal in the closing seconds.
Monday’s match against Kaneland (3-4-2) was never in doubt, as Jason Lagger scored just over 10 minutes into the contest to provide the winning tally. The junior also assisted on Honore’s first goal as well as a Drew Klaus header that made it 3-0.
Honore capped the scoring with a beautiful lofted ball that just escaped the reach of Kaneland goalkeeper Jarred Karr.
Geneva’s dominating effort did not please Kaneland coach Scott Parillo, who looked on as the Knights’ notched only a pair of shots on goal. Geneva led, 2-0, at halftime.
“We didn’t come to play today. We weren’t aggressive and we weren’t communicating,” Parillo said. “I can make all of the excuses in the world, but these kids have been playing for a long time and you either match the intensity of the other team or you get your butt kicked. It’s been years since we’ve lost 4-0.”